• Short Summary

    THREE THOUSAND SOUTH VIETNAMESE ARE UNDERGOING MILITARY TRAINING IN DONG DA IN HUE, CENTRAL VIETNAM, TO MEET THE GROWING STRENGTH OF COMMUNIST VIETCONG WHICH IS THREATENING TO OVERTHROW THE SOUTH VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT.

  • Description

    THREE THOUSAND SOUTH VIETNAMESE ARE UNDERGOING MILITARY TRAINING IN DONG DA IN HUE, CENTRAL VIETNAM, TO MEET THE GROWING STRENGTH OF COMMUNIST VIETCONG WHICH IS THREATENING TO OVERTHROW THE SOUTH VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT.

    THESE MEN ARE UNDER THE WATCHFUL EYES OF AUSTRALIAN AND AMERICAN MILITARY ADVISERS WHO WORK IN CLOSE COORDINATION WITH THE 100 VIETNAMESE INSTRUCTORS.

    THE DONG DA TRAINING CENTRE WHICH HAS TRAINED ABOUT TEN THOUSAND MEN, WAS FORMED IN JUNE, 1961.

    MOST OF THE MEN ARE TRAINED FOR SERVICE IN THE ARMY, WHILE OTHERS, AFTER TRAINING, RETURN TO THEIR RESPECTIVE HAMLETS TO DEFEND THEIR HOMES AND PROPERTY AND TO ORGANISE THE VILLAGERS INTO THEIR OWN DEFENSE CORPS.

    TRAINING COVERS FROM REFRESHER COURSES TO PSYCHOLOGICAL WARFARE. TRAINING LASTS FROM NINE TO 11 WEEKS. THE CENTRE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEFENSE OF THE IMMEDIATE AREA.

    EARLY IN THEIR TRAINING, THEY ARE PUT THROUGH THEIR INITIAL BATTLE INDOCTRINATION; UNDER LIVE FIRE FROM MACHINE GUNS AIMED A COUPLE OF FEET ABOVE THEIR HEADS AS THEY CRAWL TOWARDS THEIR OBJECTIVE -- THROUGH BARBED WIRE ENTANGLEMENTS AND DITCHES.

    THEY ARE ALSO TAUGHT THE TACTICS OF ATTACKING A HAMLET OCCUPIED BY THE ENEMY AND COURSE TO LOOK FOR THE ENEMY IN CONCEALED SPOTS.

    AN ASSAULT COURSE TAKES THEM TO A SERIOUS OF OBSTACLES -- NEGOTIATING OVER A QUARTER MILE COURSE. AS THEY HAVE TO FIGHT IN COUNTRY AREAS WHERE THERE ARE A GREAT MANY RIVERS AND PADI FIELDS -- ESPECIALLY IN THE MEKONG DELTA -- THEY LEARN TO CROSS A RIVER WITHOUT WETTING THEIR CLOTHES, WEAPONS AND AMMUNITION. THEY CARRY OUT THIS EXERCISE UNDER REAL FIRE.

    THE ARTILLERY TRAINING IS SPECIALISED AND CONSIDERED VERY EFFECTIVE. THEY ARE EQUIPPED WITH 155 MILLIMETRE GUNS WITH A RANGE OF 10 TO 11 MILES.

    THE NUMBER OF FULL TIME COMMUNIST VIETCONG TROOPS FIGHTING IN SOUTH VIETNAM HAVE BEEN SHARPLY REVISED UPWARDS. THE NEW FIGURES WERE BETWEEN 28,000 AND 34,000 COMPARED WITH BETWEEN 23,000 AND 27,000 ABOUT SIX MONTHS AGO. HOWEVER, THESE FIGURES DID NOT DEMONSTRATE A RAPID RECENT BUILDUP.

    AMERICA IS TO PUT MORE MILITARY ADVISERS AND CIVILIAN SUPPORT GROUPS INTO VIETNAM TO STRENGTHEN THE STRUGGLE AGAINST COMMUNIST VIETCONG.

    AMERICA HAS ABOUT 16,300 MEN IN THIS COUNTRY, AND WASHINGTON REPORTS HAVE SAID PRESIDENT JOHNSON INTENDS TO SEND IN ANOTHER 5,000 TO 6,000.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVACI4H5XASQKP135ZP0PFFZWEU6
    Media URN:
    VLVACI4H5XASQKP135ZP0PFFZWEU6
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/07/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:56:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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